Example Job Description - Greenkeeper

Although there are many job titles for workers on golf courses e.g. Assistant Greenkeeper, Greenkeeper, First Assistant Greenkeeper, Foreman, Deputy Head Greenkeeper, Head Greenkeeper, Deputy Course Manager, Course Manager etc, there are three types of job.

These are greenkeeper, supervisor and manager. Because of tradition or local needs, some golf clubs may wish to continue to call their supervisors for example, first assistants, deputy head greenkeepers or deputy course managers. It is recommended that they are all called supervisors for job specification, salary and terms and conditions of service. Similarly, managers can be called for example head greenkeeper or golf course manager. It is recommended that they are all called managers for job specification, salary and terms and conditions of service

The job specification below shows the range of duties that trained, qualified greenkeepers could perform. Golf clubs can use these specifications to create job descriptions appropriate to their needs and to the capabilities of their staff. For example, a trainee greenkeeper may be expected to perform only a limited range of greenkeeper duties and, similarly, a deputy course manager may not be fully competent in all of the management skills needed by a course manager.


A fully trained, qualified golf course greenkeeper must be competent in the following:

  • Monitor and Maintain health, safety and security in the workplace
  • Responding to emergencies
  • Maintain good standards of health and safety for self and others
  • Switching and brushing
  • Mowing banks
  • Mowing rough
  • Mowing semi rough
  • Mowing surrounds and approaches
  • Mowing tees
  • Mowing greens
  • Mowing fairways
  • Scarifying/verticutting turf
  • Aerating turf
  • Applying nutrition
  • Applying top dressing
  • Repairing divots
  • Irrigating turf
  • Identifying and controlling weeds
  • Identifying and controlling pests
  • Identifying and control of turf diseases and disorders
  • Preparing ground to establish turf
  • Establishing turf
  • Identifying grasses on the golf course
  • Marking of hazards, out of bounds and ground under repair
  • Moving tee markers
  • Maintaining bunkers
  • Maintaining golf course furniture
  • Changing holes
  • Rolling turf
  • Driving a tractor with implements
  • Undertaking routine machine maintenance
  • Preparing machinery for use
  • Preparing machinery for storage
  • Measuring green speed and interpreting the results
  • The rules of golf relating to golf course maintenance
  • Preparing ground to establish plants on the golf course
  • Establishing plants on the golf course
  • Maintaining trees and shrubs on the golf course
  • Identifying plants on the golf course
  • Communicating effectively
  • Dealing with disagreements/conflict
  • Keeping management informed
  • Understanding their roles and responsibilities

NOTE: All of the above tasks must be carried out in a manner that minimises environmental damage.


Golf Club Name: Sunnygreen Golf Club
Title: Greenkeeper
Reports to: First Assistant
Based at: Sunnygreen Golf Club, Rolling Hills, Hampshire, RH56 7YT

Job purpose:

To carry out routine golf course maintenance tasks as directed by the First Assistant, in accordance with the Club’s Golf Course Maintenance Policy, its Health and Safety Policy and the Greenkeepers Code of Conduct.

Key responsibilities and accountabilities:

  1. Cut tees, greens, surrounds, fairways, rough and semi rough.
  2. Set up the golf course, including changing holes, moving tee markers, indicating OOB, Drop zones and hazards.
  3. Switch and brush greens
  4. Apply top dressing and fertilizer
  5. Identify and control pests and diseases
  6. Renovate worn and damaged turf
  7. Prepare and maintain machinery

Associated Documents:

Greenkeeper Job Specification (25kb)
Greenkeeper Job Specification